Best Air Fryer 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Air fryers are a much healthier option than deep fat fryers, especially for those people who are concerned about the impact of using a lot of oil in their cooking.

They also take a lot less time to cook food and preheat than conventional ovens, saving you time in the long run. The most common food to cook in them is chips, but they can also make things such as chicken, fish, vegetables and even puddings.

As with most appliances, there are a lot on the market, but to help you choose which is best for your needs we have reviewed the best selection.

The Best Air Fryers – Our Top Picks

Best Air Fryers

Ninja Air Fryer AF100UK

Ah Ninja. The Kings of the kitchen appliance world, who deliver time and time again.

We love their Foodi, which can air fry too, but if you want a dedicated air fryer (with a few extra functions the Foodi misses) then this is one of the absolute best around. You can air fry, roast, reheat and dehydrate with this unit, meaning your food can be up to 75% healthier than using alternative methods such as deep frying. Yet, it will still taste as good.

The 3.8L non-stick crisping basket is a very generous size for small families, and most of the internal parts are perfectly dishwasher-safe so you can pop your feet up when you’ve had the meal without slaving away again. To put it into perspective, the basket will hold 900g of fries, which is a serving of 6.

Because it does so much, you can make crispy chips or roasties, prepare side vegetables, dehydrate foods for homemade dried fruits, vegetable crisps and beef jerky, and restore pizzas and crusty breads to their former glory if they have gone a little limp overnight. Temperature control is precise so it will all ens up how you like it, too.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 4.4 kg
  • Dimensions: 34.5 x 27.9 x 33.8 cm
  • Power: 1550W

We like

  • Lots of functions
  • Digital display and easy interface
  • No preheating needed

We dislike

  • Can't see the food while it is cooking

Final Verdict

Does a lot, easy to use and control, and simple to clean up too. You can't see the food as it cooks, but trust us when we say it is incredibly reliable so you can leave it to the job anyway

Tefal ActiFry GH840B40

Referred to by many as the King of air fryers, this Tefal model is the latest in a whole host of ActiFry’s.

One thing which puts it ahead of its competitors is the use of a paddle, which rotates food without the need to do any shaking of the basket yourself.

Even though the design is not as sleek and modern as the other fryers reviewed, it does allow for a viewing window which is incredibly useful to prevent you having to pull out the fryer drawer constantly.

This allows you to check on the progress of your stews, casseroles, stir-fry or dessert with ease. There is also a safety locking lid, so you can rest easy that it won’t cause any harm to your household.

Don’t be worried about it being too complicated to use; with only two buttons, the ActiFry will do all of the work for you. It beeps when ready, so you can leave it to do its job.

 

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.2kg
  • Dimensions: H23.8 x W31 x D44
  • Power: 1400W

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We like

  • Viewing window
  • Small in size
  • Funky design
  • Available in Black, White and Grey

We dislike

  • Other fryers will look better on your countertop

Final Verdict

With easy cleaning and operation, this will be the perfect appliance for any hectic house.

Philips Viva Collection XXL HD9650/99 Air Fryer

Allowing you to enjoy perfectly cooked food with the addition of little or no oil, this Philips model is perfect for any household conscious about the health impact of fried food cooked the conventional way. And its size means the whole family can be fed in one go.

Thanks to the Twin Turbostar technology, all food in the basket is constantly exposed to the hot circulating air. Even when food is piled up, there is no need to continually remove the basket and shake the contents, which is a downside of so many other air fryers.

Hot air from above will also aid the crisping process of your food while making sure it stays perfect on the inside. Just choose one of the four pre-set modes, which are perfect for frozen chips, meat, fish and drumsticks.

The QuickClean basket includes a removable non-stick mesh, and the drawer and basket are dishwasher safe. The Philips Actifry app contains over 200 fabulous recipes to give you some dinnertime inspiration.

 

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.4kg
  • Dimensions: H31.6cm x W43.3cm x D32.2cm
  • Power: 2225W

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We like

  • Really quick cooking times
  • Contemporary design

We dislike

  • Limited pre-set modes
  • Low Capacity

Final Verdict

One of the most expensive options available, but it will last for years even with daily use

Power Air Fryer 5 Litre Digital

With a temperature range between 80°C to 200°C, this is one of the most adaptable air fryers on the market. It also has a massive 5-litre capacity, so it really is the best for a large family too.

Making it easy to enjoy fast food without the guilt, the Power Air Fryer uses super-hot cyclonic air technology to cook your food, meaning very little oil is required.

You can also grill, bake, sauté and roast, so there is no need to debate as to whether you would get a lot of use out of it. Food can be ready up to 70% faster than with using conventional methods, and without the hassle of preheating any ovens too.

Simply add your food to the non-stick basket, slot it into the unit and choose one of seven pre-programmed settings to get going. There is also the flexibility to adjust settings manually. A digital control panel offers complete precision.

 

Specifications

  • Capacity: 5L
  • Dimensions: H39.6, W35.3, D35.3cm
  • Power: 1700W

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We like

  • Temperature range
  • Quick cooking
  • Large LED display
  • Variety of colours

We dislike

  • Basket can be difficult to slot in the first few times

Final Verdict

For the price, this is an incredible bit of kit which will become your best kitchen friend

Swan SD90010N Air Fryer

Air fryers are not known for their retro style, but this Swan model does indeed tick that box (as much as possible).

It is perfect for anyone who already owns many of the small Swan appliances in their kitchen, or indeed anyone who just wants something which looks a little different. Or, if you want something which holds a lot of food – at 3.2kg, the capacity of this fryer is almost double some of the leading models.

You need a maximum of 1tsp oil to get the cooking going, even when you are making a meal for all the family and it is filled to the brim with food. All you need to do is pre-set the correct cooking temperature and time for your food. It will go up to 200 degrees.

Choose from black, cream or red to match your other appliances and kitchen accessories, and it is a nice size to pop away in the cupboard if you don’t like leaving things out. All in all, a great product at a great price.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 3.2kg
  • Dimensions: 36.7 x 35 x 23.8cm
  • Power: 1350 W

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We like

  • Food tastes healthy
  • Easy to clean

We dislike

  • Pumps out a lot of air at the back so not good for a restricted space

Final Verdict

Not the jazziest but still cooks food well if you follow the instructions, and the dishwasher safe parts will appeal to a lot of people

Tefal ActiFry Genius XL AH960040 Air Fryer

Air fryers are brilliant for anyone who wants to eat what they love but are conscious about how it is made. This handy little device has nine automatic programmes, so everything can be cooked perfectly.

Just tap your preferred mode for whatever you are cooking, and let the airfryer do the work. Thanks to the touchscreen interface, it is very easy to pick. We particularly loved the two 1-meal-in-1-go settings – pick the wok for making delicious stir-fries or the world food setting for tagines and curries which need a little more attention and infusion.

Everything will be evenly cooked as well, thanks to the automatic stirring. You can even make use of the Delayed Start function, which will help you ensure your food is ready for when you get home. Or, if someone is running late, the Keep Warm option will allow you to lock in the heat without drying out or overdoing the food.

We love the versatility and ease of use. No matter what you want to cook, it is probably possible. And it is all stress-free, too, thanks to the preset functions which take the hassle out of temperature tuning. And it is easily cleaned. To be honest, it is pretty much perfect – if you’re willing to pay the price for perfection.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.7kg
  • Dimensions: 26.3 x 32.8 x 47.6cm
  • Power: 1500 W

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TEFAL ActiFry Genius XL AH960040 Air Fryer User Manual

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We like

  • Very stylish
  • Flexible and accommodating
  • Easy to clean

We dislike

  • Glass on top gets very hot

Final Verdict

On the higher cost side, but it certainly gives a performance which makes this understandable. Perfect for all the family to use

Tower T17024 Digital Air Fryer

With a 4.3L capacity pot and 3.2L capacity basket, you can cook food which is not only healthy but without breaking the bank, as this model is a great budget buy.

The temperature ranges from 80 to 200°C, which is usually only found in higher-priced models. All you need to do is make sure you regularly shake the contents of the basket during cooking, and your food will come out evenly cooked.

It is also more economical than a traditional oven, requiring no preheating and cooking food much quicker.

The only downside is that the on/off button is also the start button; once the time is all set it can be easy to hold the start button for too long, meaning the appliance turns off and all settings are lost.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 4.3L
  • Dimensions: H35 x W28.7 x D32.6 cm
  • Power: 1500W

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We like

  • Great price
  • Sleek Design

We dislike

  • Takes a bit of practice to get the timings right

Final Verdict

For the price and technology, this would be a great product in any kitchen, not just those starting out on the air frying method.

Tefal FX100040 Fry Delight Low Fat Fryer

Air Pulse Technology means that this fryer uses upper heating technology and a fan to circulate hot air around your food at a very high speed. This air, which reaches up to 200°C, cooks food thoroughly and evenly.

With the addition of little or no oil to the process, this air fryer really does earn the ‘Low Fat’ tagline. The drawer also pulls out rather than having to lift any lids, so the fryer is easy to access and also safe, and the basket can be shaken for even cooking.

You aren’t just limited to chips and other fried foods; side dishes, puddings, fish and sauces.

The temperature is easy to control and can range from 150°C to the maximum. It is another great all-rounder and can cook everything from chips to steaks to fish.

 

Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.8kg
  • Dimensions: H31.5cm x W28.2cm x D37cm
  • Power: 1450W

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We like

  • Technology to make it healthy
  • Good set up

We dislike

  • Mechanical timer (would be better if digital)

Final Verdict

A product with a great price tag

Help and Resources

Air Fryer Buying Guide

Oil Usage

Some air fryers require less oil than others. Generally, this depends on what you are cooking; frozen chips usually require no oil, but chicken and other foods may require anywhere between half and one teaspoon.

Capacity

Think about how many people you will be frequently cooking for when using your air fryer. Ones of around 1L may be suitable for a couple, but small families could require anything from 3L upwards.

This also depends on what you’d be making – chips could take up a lot less room than meats, casseroles and puddings.

FAQs

What Is A ‘Health’ Air Fryer?

These tend to use a lot less oil than traditional air fryers, as they have more power to push the hot air around the cooking chamber.

Do I Need A Model With A Paddle To Rotate My Food?

Not necessarily. They are a handy extra which means you don’t have to monitor your food too much to ensure even cooking, but most air fryer cooking baskets are easily removed and can be manually shaken.

Who Makes The Best Air Fryers?

Tefal’s ActiFry model constantly tops ‘best of’ lists, and the other models on offer from them are also really high quality.

Most small kitchen appliance manufacturers have an air fryer on the market, including Philips and Breville. Tower and Power are two other brands which have a good selection to choose from.